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Professional Development Opportunities

Below is a list of professional development opportunities offered at BCTC and at venues external to BCTC. Those opportunities that are offered by BCTC groups and/or opportunities that are available at a low cost are noted for your convenience. Links to the Teaching and Learning Center and the Technology Tutorials and Training are also available in the navigation bar to assist BCTC employees with their professional development needs.

To include other PD opportunities on this page, please contact Miranda Hines.

Opportunity (Click on link for more information)

Date

Offered
by Groups
at BCTC

Offered
at a
Low Cost

Supervisory Management Essentials Sept 2013-May 2014 X X
Your Health & Wellness: Caring for Your Skin May 2, 2014 X X
Starfish Training
May 9, 2014 
STEM Faculty Workshop: Genomic Approaches in BioSciences June 2-6, 2014 X X
Tackling the College Retention Rate Challenge   June 3, 2014  
STEM Faculty Workshop: Genomic Approaches in BioSciences June 9-13, 2014 X
Kentucky Convergence Conference: Call for Proposals  August 29, 2014     
CLEP Online Training Sessions Ongoing
X
Continuing Education and Professional Development Ongoing X X
Coursera Ongoing   X
EDUCAUSE LIVE! Ongoing  
Go2Knowledge Ongoing   X
ED2Go - Personal Enrichment/Professional Development Courses Ongoing X X
Friday Live! Ongoing   X
Innovative Educators Ongoing
X
National Seminars Training Ongoing
X
QEP/Read for LIFE Professional Development Ongoing  
The Remote Advisor Ongoing X X
       

September 2013 - May 2014 | Supervisory Management Essentials

This training addresses supervisory skills such as communication, coaching, change management, organizational development, and human resource requirements. All full-time supervisors at BCTC are encouraged to complete this 16 hour certification. Certification will be offered upon completion of all four modules: Module 1 and Module 2 will be offered in the fall semester, while Module 3 and Module 4 will occur in the spring semester. Each module will be offered on four different dates to accommodate different schedules. To view more information about each module, or to register for this training, go here and click on Register for Professional Development Courses.               

 

May 2, 2014 | Your Health & Wellness: Caring for Your Skin | 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Leestown, A203

The Esthetics Department invites all BCTC faculty and staff to a Skin Care Expo, on May 2nd, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Visitors will receive a free skin care analysis, complementary arm treatments, and coupons for skin care treatments to be redeemed in the fall.

Win one of five prize drawings for a Chemical Exfoliation package, worth over $150.00!
(Prize drawings are transferable.)

Record your participation as professional development for health and wellness!

Come learn more about skin care, your skin type, available treatments, and the wonderful work of the Esthetics Department!              

May 9, 2014 | Starfish Training | 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. | Leestown, M128

Join Ben Worth in learning more about Starfish and how it can help you, help students!

Starfish is composed of Starfish Early Alert which is an early warning and student tracking system and Starfish Connect which is an educational support networking system. The Early Alert system alerts students, instructors, and advisors via email when students are not performing as expected in their courses. The Connect system gives students the ability to contact and make appointments with members of their “My Success Network” such as instructors and advisors.

To register, go here.

To view the Starfish User Guide, click here.

Contact Ben Worth with questions.               

June 2 - 6, 2014 | STEM Faculty Workshop: Genomic Approaches in BioSciences | Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Newtown Campus, Lexington, KY

Collaborating with 12 community colleges and Bio-Link, the DNA Learning Center (DNALC) is offering a week-long Genomic Approaches in BioSciences workshop in Lexington, Kentucky. Workshop participants will explore cutting-edge science tools, hands-on laboratories, bioinformatic investigations, and careers. Participants will update their pedagogy while networking with biotech leaders and colleagues. Faculty from secondary education, 2-year colleges, and universities are invited to apply. The National Science Foundation, Division of Undergraduate Education’s Advanced Technological Education (NSF-ATE) program is funding all instruction, workshop materials, meals/refreshments, and a stipend of $200. Further support for travel or other related expenses is not available.

The Genomic Approaches in BioSciences workshops will focus on four key technologies – PCR, DNA Sequencing, RNA interference, and Bioinformatics – that will prepare students for specialized life science elective courses, independent research projects, and biotechnology careers.

Genomic Approaches in BioSciences will integrate theoretical, laboratory, and computer technology with practical advice on classroom management and career exploration. Time will be included for independent work, lesson planning, and preparation for classroom projects. This workshop will be led by trained Bluegrass Community and Technical College Faculty and overseen by DNALC staff members and college faculty who collaborated in the development of the course modules.

For more information, please visit our website: www.dnalc.org

To apply, please go to: http://www.dnalc.org/educatorapps/ate.html                         

June 3, 2014 | Tackling the College Retention Rate Challenge | Presented by Bethanie H. Tucker Ed.D. | 12:00pm – 1:00pm EDT | Online Webinar | FREE

Do you have continued discussion on your campus concerning retention and graduation rates? Do you find that your students with the highest financial need are also the highest risk for dropping out?

These days almost every college and university administrator is concerned with increasing student retention and graduation rates, especially among lower-income and first-generation students. That is why aha! Process created the College Achievement Alliance. College Achievement Alliance is the only family of training and educational solutions to apply the lens of economic class to the challenge of improving academic outcomes. In this one hour webinar, we will explore the societal experience as it relates to economic class and consider how the study of economic class can empower students, faculty and staff alike. The one hour introduction will introduce the rationale and fundamental constructs of College Achievement Alliance, which includes the books, strategies and workshops developed from Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Students and Investigations into Economic Class in America. Our solutions will allow your faculty and staff to better understand the dynamics that cause and perpetuate poverty—and help you build the resources your students need to succeed in college, on the job, and in life. See how understanding diversity through the lens of economic class will improve retention and graduation rates for your campus.

Click here to register                         

June 9 - 13, 2014 | STEM Faculty Workshop: Genomic Approaches in BioSciences | Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Newtown Campus, Lexington, KY

Collaborating with 12 community colleges and Bio-Link, the DNA Learning Center (DNALC) is offering a week-long Genomic Approaches in BioSciences workshop in Lexington, Kentucky. Workshop participants will explore cutting-edge science tools, hands-on laboratories, bioinformatic investigations, and careers. Participants will update their pedagogy while networking with biotech leaders and colleagues. Faculty from secondary education, 2-year colleges, and universities are invited to apply. The National Science Foundation, Division of Undergraduate Education’s Advanced Technological Education (NSF-ATE) program is funding all instruction, workshop materials, meals/refreshments, and a stipend of $200. Further support for travel or other related expenses is not available.

The Genomic Approaches in BioSciences workshops will focus on four key technologies – PCR, DNA Sequencing, RNA interference, and Bioinformatics – that will prepare students for specialized life science elective courses, independent research projects, and biotechnology careers.

Genomic Approaches in BioSciences will integrate theoretical, laboratory, and computer technology with practical advice on classroom management and career exploration. Time will be included for independent work, lesson planning, and preparation for classroom projects. This workshop will be led by trained Bluegrass Community and Technical College Faculty and overseen by DNALC staff members and college faculty who collaborated in the development of the course modules.

For more information, please visit our website: www.dnalc.org

To apply, please go to: http://www.dnalc.org/educatorapps/ate.html                   

August 29, 2014 | Kentucky Convergence Conference | University of Louisville – Shelby Campus, November 13-14, 2014 | CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The call for proposals for the Kentucky Convergence Conference, to be held at the University of Louisville – Shelby Campus, on November 13-14, 2014, is now open. This conference brings together professionals in information technology, online learning, and academic libraries from the public and private colleges and universities in Kentucky to focus on innovations in instructional technology, best practices for higher education technology support, current issues for academic librarianship, shared concerns for Kentucky institutions, and advances in online learning and instructional design.

Conference proposals are due Monday, August 29, 2014.

To learn more about submitting a proposal, view the call for proposals.

To learn more about the conference, view the press release.

Stay tuned for more information!             

Ongoing | CLEP Online Training Sessions

CLEP has launched a series of new professional development webinars. These free one-hour sessions are designed to meet the needs of faculty and testing professionals. Topics will be useful to those on campuses just beginning to use CLEP and to those who have more specific needs and questions.

To register for these sessions, go here.

Ongoing | Continuing Education and Professional Development| BCTC Workforce Solutions

Bluegrass Workforce Solutions provides continuing education, recertification, and relicensure courses for a variety of professionals. Continuing Education Units (CEU's) will be awarded for those courses and participants will receive a Certificate of Completion to be used for recertification/relicensure requirements. For more detailed information, visit the website or call (859) 246-6666.

Ongoing | Coursera | Free Online Courses

Coursera is a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer FREE online courses for anyone to take. Their technology enables the best professors to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students in an effort to give everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few. Their goal is to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in. Courses include a wide range of topics, spanning the Humanities, Medicine, Biology, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Business, Computer Science, and many others. Whether you're looking to improve your resume, advance your career, or just learn more and expand your knowledge, there are multiple courses that you may find interesting.

To explore and register for a course, go here.               

Ongoing | EDUCAUSE LIVE!

EDUCAUSE® is a nonprofit association and the foremost community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education. They help those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic IT decisions at every level within higher education. They view IT not only as technology, but as a system of people, processes, organizations, and challenges that are constantly evolving. Their programs and services focus on analysis, advocacy, community building, professional development, and knowledge creation to support the transformative role that IT can play in higher education. Finally, they offer many ways to help higher education professionals who use or manage information technology to keep up on trends and developments… many of which are provided online at no cost.

Find Adobe Connect technical requirements; past webinar archives; instructions for attending webinars using an iPhone, iPad, or Android-enabled device; and suggestions for making webinars a collaborative event on your campus on the EDUCAUSE Live! website.                        

Ongoing | Go2Knowledge Now Available 24/7!!!

Go2Knowledge is a new online resource that grants all BCTC faculty and staff unlimited access to 100+ professional development trainings with the click of a button. Full-time and part-time employees may access trainings on the following topics, at any time, day or night:

  • At-risk populations
  • Campus safety
  • Organizational development
  • Student success
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Technology

After completing each training, you may print a personalized certificate. Access instructions are available under Professional Development & Training in ITES.

*Please note: Each training is 1 ½ hours and may be paused for up to 3 hours. If your session times out, you may receive credit by restarting it, fast forwarding to where you left off, and finishing your training.                

Ongoing | ED2Go - Personal Enrichment/Professional Development Courses | BCTC Workforce Solutions

Online courses cover a variety of topics including accounting, personal finance, grant writing, computer skills, healthcare, sales and marketing, digital photography, starting your own business, health information management, creative writing, graphic arts, and web design, just to name a few. For more detailed information, visit the website or call (859) 246-6666.            

Ongoing | Friday Live! | Fridays, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. | Free Online Sessions

FridayLive! is a free, interactive, Internet-accessible, multimedia weekly series offered by The Teaching, Learning, and Technology (TLT) Group. The TLT Group is a not-for-profit that helps college and university educators take advantage of changing technology so they can improve teaching and learning. As a non-profit, the TLT Group looks to enable collaboration, support, mutual understanding and communication among key stakeholders in an institution, and use evidence to make better decisions.

FridayLive! sessions alternate among a variety of topics: Dangerous Discussions, interviews, tech topics and tools. You can join FridayLive! on Fridays from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Even though the session is free, we'd prefer that you register in advance, unless you are an individual member and hold a season FASTPASS. Room opens at 1:45 p.m. Main session from 2:00 to 2:55 p.m. Closing until 3:00 p.m. Afterthoughts until 3:30 p.m.

For more information or to register, go here.

Ongoing | Innovative Educators | Free Trainings

Innovative Educators is dedicated to providing superior training focused on critical issues facing students and educators today. Our primary goal is to provide the information, training, and skills necessary to implement positive change on a personal, professional, and institutional level. Complimentary webinars address topics such as service-based learning, rubrics, advising, use of open educational resources, student engagement, campus safety, and much, much more.

To view a complete list of these free trainings and to register, go here.

Ongoing | National Seminars Training | Limited Free Webinars - See below

National Seminars Training offers training on topics including Microsoft Office products, communication, conflict and confrontation, HR and ADA issues, project management, marketing, generational differences, and more. To view a complete list of these trainings, go here.

Limited access to webinars is available to BCTC at no cost. For more information and to recommend one of these webinars, please contact Miranda Hines.        

Ongoing | QEP/Read for LIFE Professional Development

Every semester, all faculty attend professional development related to reading across the disciplines. Faculty learn reading strategies to apply in their classroom, therefore directly enhancing what is offered to our students. Faculty and staff may attend a face-to-face workshop or meet their professional development goals on-line. Staff may attend professional development to enhance reading across college-level programs such as student advising and to improve student comprehension of important terms used in “BCTC Literacy” such as SAP, and FERPA. Either way, opportunities to learn more about this initiative are readily available to all.

For more information about live and online training opportunities, please go here.          

Ongoing | The Remote Advisor

The Remote Advisor is a new online tool that provides advising training to address working with students at a distance. This training satisfies a PD training requirement for faculty advisors.

To access this online tool, go here.